Splendid Nature of the Yukon

15 days / 14 nights, from/to Whitehorse

This self drive is a combination of relaxation and exploration with lodge stays amidst the pure nature, drives on scenic roads as well as remote and less travelled roads. Apart from an intense Yukon experience the tour also contains two trips into Alaska to enjoy Skagway and Haines as well as the Top of the World Highway.

Accommodation is a mix of beautiful lodges, charming inns, rustic cabins and regular hotels/motels and lets you experience the real North!


Day 1

Whitehorse

Upon arrival in Whitehorse pick up your rental car and drive to your hotel. Head out for a stroll and get a first impression of this “northern capital”.

Day 2

Whitehorse to Tagish Lake (64 miles)

Use the morning to discover the Whitehorse area. Walk the Millennium Trail, visit the SS Klondike or the Miles Canyon. Afterwards drive to your lakeside resort past the beautiful colored Emerald Lake and the sand dunes of the Carcross Desert.

Day 3

Tagish Lake

Relax and enjoy the remoteness of the lodge. A beautiful place to wind down and recharge your batteries in Yukon’s pure nature at the shores of a crystal lake. You can rent a canoe, hike the trails or simply read a book on the verandah.

Day 4

Tagish Lake to Skagway (85 miles)

While the highway winds its way through the mountains you will cross the border into Alaska.

In Skagway you have the choice of 2 activities: Enjoy a train ride to the White Pass Summit on the spectacular small gauge railroad or be active and join a 2 miles hike on the famous Chilkoot Trail followed by a relaxed float on the river (Activity might be on Day 4 or Day 5, depending on the ferry schedule).

Day 5

Skagway to Haines

Stroll along the wooden boardwalks and marvel at the false front houses before boarding the ferry for the one hour ride to the quaint fishing town of Haines.

Day 6

Haines to Haines Junction (152 miles)

Known for its grand views of glaciated mountains and the variety of its scenery – from coastal forests to alpine tundra - the Haines Highway winds through river flats and climbs up to a wide alpine valley, following the eastern border of Kluane National Park Reserve.

Day 7

Haines Junction to Beaver Creek Area (148 miles)

The morning is perfect for a hiking tour or a scenic flight over Kluane NP (surcharge applies). Later on follow the Alaska Highway along the border of Kluane NP and the shores of Kluane Lake. Usually an amazing reflection of the surrounding mountains can be seen in the waters of this large lake.

Day 8

Beaver Creek Area to Dawson City (303 miles)

A scenic, but also long drive on the Taylor- and Top of the World Highways will take you to Dawson City. Enjoy the spectacular views while the Top of the World Highway winds its way across the hills.

Day 9

Dawson City

A full day to discover the charming gold rush town. The unpaved streets and historic house fronts reflect the old days. Other than the attractions relating to gold there are scenic delights like the view point at the Midnight Dome or the walking trail along the Yukon- and Klondike Rivers.

Day 10

Dawson City to Eagle Plains (253 miles)

Today you will travel on the Dempster Highway, a typical gravel road of the north. Especially the area around the Tombstone Mountains features amazing scenery and lots of wildlife.

Day 11

Dempster Highway/Eagle Plains

Explore the tundra landscape along the Dempster Highway. There are some good hikes in the area.  Another 23 miles north of Eagle Plains you can cross the Arctic Circle.

Day 12

Eagle Plains to Moose Creek or Dawson City

Return on the Dempster Highway and continue south on the Klondike Highway to your rustic but charming overnight accommodation (300 miles). For those preferring an accommodation with private bathroom facilities or if the Moose Creek Lodge doesn’t haven’t availability today’s drive will take you back to Dawson City (253 miles).

Day 13

Moose Creek to Faro (234 miles)

Follow the Klondike Highway to Carmacks and continue eastbound to Faro. The Faro area boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Yukon as well as several hiking trails.

Day 14

Faro to Marsh Lake (166 miles)

Today you will drive through a very remote and less travelled wilderness area on the Campbell Highway and the South Canol Road (depending on road conditions you may have to drive the Klondike Highway). Enjoy the last night in the nature and end your journey with a sumptuous dinner at a lodge in the surroundings of Whitehorse.

Day 15

Marsh Lake to Whitehorse (33 miles)

Depending on your return flight you may have some more time to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at Marsh Lake. Drive back to Whitehorse, return your rental car.

Highlights

  • Drive the spectacular Top of The World Highway and the most scenic part of the Dempster Highway
  • Stay at old-west goldrush town Dawson City
  • Relax and enjoy the beautiful nature at a typical Yukon lakeside resort
  • Visit Alaska and take the ferry from Skagway to Haines
  • GoNorth SUV 4x4 with gravel road permission

Ferry Information

The ferry sailing between Skagway and Haines is included. All ferry sailings depend on state budget and may get canceled by July 1st 2018 – in case of a ferry cancellation the routing would not get changed, but you will drive from Skagway to Haines Junction instead of taking the ferry. In that case a full refund in the amount of the ferry sailing will be given.

Rates 2018

Available from June 1st to September 2nd, 2018

From/to Whitehorse

  • Single

    $5020 per person
    Booking Code GON387
  • Double

    $2690 per person
    Booking Code GON388
  • Triple

    $2070 per person
    Booking Code GON389

Including

  • All overnight accommodations including tax, some with breakfast
  • Dinner at Inn on the Lake
  • Ferry between Skagway and Haines, including one vehicle up to 19ft
  • Choice of White Pass Summit Excursion OR Chilkoot Trail Hike & Float in Skagway (hike is 2 miles over hilly, uneven terrain therefore guests have to be reasonably fit)
  • Detailed itinerary in English

*Additional VIP Protection with glass and tire coverage is available for $7 plus tax per day (lowers deductible to $500).

Cancellation Policy

Up to 31 days before departure date 30%
30 - 21 days before departure date 50%
20 - 14 days before departure date 75%
13 - 0 days before departure date 100 %

 

  • Day 6 or 7: Include a flightseeing over the icefields of Kluane NP or a guided walk in the National Park area
  • Day 9: Add a history & gold fields tour in Dawson
  • Day 11: Add extra nights in Inuvik for a full experience of the Dempster all the way to the Arctic Ocean

 

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